Preparation of Armenia’s Third National Communication to the UNFCCC

What we do


This nationally executed project aims to respond to the objectives of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in accordance with Armenia’s commitments as a Party to the Convention. It will enable Armenia to present the updated information on Convention implementation in a consistent, transparent and comparable manner.

UNDP activities are aimed at:

  • Enabling Armenia to prepare and submit its Third National Communication (TNC) to the UNFCCC in accordance with its commitments;
  • Strengthening technical and institutional capacities to facilitate the process of feeding climate change issues into national development policies and strategies;
  • Helping to identify and develop projects related to adaptation to climate change and abatement of greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Enhancing general awareness and knowledge on climate change related issues in Armenia, and strengthening the dialogue, information exchange, awareness and cooperation among all relevant stakeholders, including government, NGOs, academia and private sector;
  • Guiding the development of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA) to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, as well as developing an adaptation strategy and National Adaptation Programme (NAP).

 

 

Some results so far

The national greenhouse gases (GHG) inventory report is developed. For the first time the F gases sector is included in the national GHG Inventory. The data is uploaded in the software provided by the UNFCCC Secretariat. The GHG Inventory Report is published both in Armenian and English and is available at: http://unfccc.int/essential_background/library/items/3599.php?rec=j&priref=7771#beg ; http://www.nature-ic.am/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/FINAL-NIR-FULL-ENG-27.06.2014.pdf .

The Third National Communication (TNC) on Climate Change is endorsed by National Climate Change Council. The TNC is submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat and posted on the UNFCCC website http://unfccc.int/national_reports/non-annex_i_natcom/submitted_natcom/items/653.php).  

The TNC main outcomes are discussed with national stakeholders at the meeting held on Climate Change Day (May 15, 2015) and presented  during the side event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn (08 June, 2015), in conjunction to the 41st session of SBs to the Convention.

The energy sector gaps of Armenia were assessed under UN Sustainable Energy For All (SEFA) Initiative and submitted to UNDP Administrator by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, stating Armenia’s commitment to join the SEFA in Rio+20 Summit.

Grid Emission Factor Standardized Baseline of Armenia is calculated and formally submitted to the CDM Executive Board for assessment and registration. It is approved by EB and published on January 8, 2015.  and is valid for 3 years. The information is shared among the stakeholders and published on the Project's webpage, as that parameter is important for mitigation potential assessment of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects

Support is provided to the RA Ministry of Nature Protection in (i)establishment of Interagency Coordinating Council on implementation of requirements and provisions of the UNFCCC; (ii) establishing the working group for development of the concept of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC); (iii) drafting amendment to the Governmental Decision on INDC task.

The technical assistance was provided to the Hydromet Service of the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, the equipment upgrade in 5 observation stations in the main agricultural regions: Artashat, Martuni, Stepanavan, Fantan and Meghri will improve the observation data collection quality and reliance for servicing the agricultural sector as well as proper work of weather stations. In addition some basic equipment is supplied for another 20 meteorological stations for improvement of systemic observations.

The public involvement in discussion of the future policy directions of Armenia under UNFCCC is initiated by the contracted NGO: 3 round tables, 2 press clubs are organized. 26 materials in 3 languages and 11 video materials are posted on the webpages of NGO (www.ecolur.org) and the Project. The film on green urban lighting is produced and presented to the stakeholders on Earth Hour event.

“ABC Climate Change Textbook” is published. Awareness raising events, including the “Forest and Climate Change” Contest organized jointly with ATP NGO, are conducted for 300 schoolchildren from 16 schools of Armenia. Main outcomes of the Communication are presented during TEDxSalon@Yerevan event (March 07, 2015), organized by UNDP Armenia http://www.nature-ic.am/first-tedxsalonyerevan/

Project bi-lingual web-page under Climate Change Program is established and regularly updated.

 

Who Finances it?



GEF

$ 480,000.00

Government of Armenia (in-kind)

$ 70,000.00

UNDP (in-kind)

$ 20,000.00

Delivery in previous fiscal year

31 December 2011

$ 3,379.00

31 December 2012

$ 97,192.00

31 December 2013

$167,743.00

31 December 2014 $ 157,887.3
Overview
Status:
Active
Project start date:
December 2011
Estimated end date:
December 2015
Geographic coverage:
Armenia
Focus area:
Environment & Energy
MDG
MDG 7 - Ensuring environmental sustainability
Project Coordinator:
Diana Harutyunyan
Partners:
RA Ministry of Nature Protection
Project Related Documents
Project Document